Say Goodnight, Kc

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 12th, 2017 19 Replies

For weeks now – OK months I have contemplated no longer blogging. I posted my first blog post to AmaraLand on January 19, 2010. Amara was 6 years old at the time and I still wish that I had started blogging when she was first born. But now Amara is almost 13 years old. She is still the best and most beautiful grandchild ever but she is getting to the age where having Grandma blog about her really isn’t cool anymore. She is at the age where she needs and deserves her privacy. I still get to see her almost every day and we still have lots of fun together but it became harder and harder to come up with new and interesting things to blog about. How often can I tell you about our trips to Baskin & Robins or the frozen yogurt store? The pressure of trying to plan events to blog about was getting to me. I decided it was time to move on.

One last thing before I go. If you read AmaraLand for very long you know how much I really enjoyed volunteering. OCSA, where Amara goes now doesn’t need the kind of volunteer support that Santiago did/does. I have joined the PTO there; attended a couple of meetings and helped out by baking or cooking a few times. But it just wasn’t the same. So in early November I emailed one of my favorite Santiago teachers and asked her if she needed any help with her 1st grade readers. She couldn’t have been happier to accept my offer. So now I work every Thursday morning for 2 hours in her classroom. It is so much fun and so rewarding. The hardest part has been trying to learn 30 students’ names! I’ve explained to them I am old and have memory issues – they just laugh at me! But think about it – one teacher trying to teach 30 students. She breaks them up into 3 groups. She takes one group, I take one group and the 3rd group goes to their computers and then we rotate! I can’t imagine trying to teach all of them at once! She has other volunteers on other days but not full time. I am pretty sure it is that way at most schools. I’ve told my Aunt Phyllis I am taking up her torch! For those of you who might not have read about her, my Aunt Phyllis is 95 and still walks the 3 blocks to the local elementary to help students read. She has been doing it for 15 years now so I am starting early! So my suggestion is – if you have a spare couple hours each week and you want a lot of extra hugs – call the local elementary school. Grandma Power!

But before I go you do need some recent Amara pictures! You can click them to make them larger.


19 thoughts on “Say Goodnight, Kc

  1. Launna

    Kc, I’m going to miss you in the blogging world but I totally understand. .. I’m happy you enjoy helping out with reading to small children, I know teachers need all the help they can get… they are pretty amazing. I am thrilled we’re friends on Facebook. .. I definitely want to stay in contact with you ? 🙂 xox

  2. Olga

    Well, I had a feeling this was coming. You will be greatly missed and perhaps you will find other material eventually. I am glad you are helping the local school. I know that was an important part of your life. All the best to you and the lovely Amara.

  3. Sandy Siegel

    I am sure going to miss Amaraland! But as with all things, time marches on & changes come. I can understand your reasons for putting this wonderful blog to bed. I have loved it from the very first post but, as your baby sister, I may be slightly biased. Thank you for sharing Amara with us, inspiring us, & making us laugh & maybe even cry. Hugs to everyone in Amaraland!

  4. Joyce

    Oh Kc. I feel like I’m going to cry. But then I know that we’re still going to be friends and I’ll still hear about the beautiful Amara, the cool, spunky Jenna, and YOU, my dear….someone I met in Amaraland and will always cherish. You have built a beautiful book of memories here. The joy of that is never going to come to an end!
    I love you and always will!

  5. Rhonda Gales

    My heart is full. I’m going to miss your wit and reading the great posts about you and Amara. I know that you will enjoy reading to the children. I hope that you will stop by occasionally. Wishing you the best in the next chapter my friend. Hugs.

  6. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Well…been there and had to do that. Not an easy thing to do, but time does march on and as you said blogging about their activities is not cool anymore. I sincerely hope Amara is still having a wonderful school year, and those students are so lucky to have you helping them learn to read. You are a special, special lady. 🙂 Good thing I know your email address. 🙂

  7. Lisa Carpenter

    I’m so happy for you! Yet so sad you’ll be gone. From the bloggy world. But so happy we’ll stay connected (we MUST!). And so happy you are now engaged again at the school you love and that loves you so.
    You are amazing, Kc, and you’ve created an amazing and oh so loving collection of memories of and for Amara and those who love her. And you. Count me among them.
    Farewell to Amaraland but hello to a whole new chapter for Amara and you and your family. Good luck!
    I look forward to hearing about you all and your new adventures. Stay in touch!
    Huge hugs to you, my friend! ?

  8. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    Lucky teacher! 🙂

    This is like a scrapbook of Amara’s life….I think you can update it from time to time in the future in regards to major achievements or something ( if she wants that ) just not the everyday things that a teen won’t want on there anymore…
    Well who knows but just a thought 🙂

  9. Debra

    Hi Grandma Kc, it is with heavy heart I say that I am sorry to see you leaving. I just found you and Amaraland and knew I found a special place and friend here. I too hope you will check in with those major achievements Amara reaches as Deb above stated. As I am a new “grandma”, your experiences shared would be greatly welcoming- an idea for occasional blog posts (?). Take care of yourself and your family.

  10. Christie Hawkes

    I’m sad to see you go, but I certainly understand, and I’m glad I got to “meet” you through your blog. Good luck with your volunteer work. It sounds delightful. I’m looking forward to that part of retirement in a few years. Cheers!

  11. Bob

    Amaraland will be missed, but it was Amaraland not Never Never Land. Tell her how much we have all enjoyed watching her change from adorable little girl to lovely young woman and wish her all the best. Thank you so much for sharing her with us! I hope you can still sneak an occasional photo for FB.

  12. Kimberly

    You likely could blog weekly about the funny thing first graders say. I’m glad you are doing something you love. It is very different when they are teens. For every ten things I can think of that my little bits will love, I might have one thing I hope my older ones will tolerate. Loving it would be a bonus. I’ll be sad to not find you here anymore. I’ve appreciated making the acquaintance of someone who loved their grandchild like I love mine. Peace like a river, love like the ocean my friend.

  13. Pamela Shank

    Oh this makes me cry. I know what you are saying..I haven’t even been doing this for 2 years and feel like people don’t really want to read about my grandchildren any longer. I didn’t want to be a food blog but see that I am leaning that way. I am trying to think what I should do too. I feel like I have made a real friend with you and do not want to lose touch. Amara is so blessed to have grandparents like you and your husband.

  14. Teresa

    Amara has grown into such a beautiful young lady. Thank you so much for sharing her with us! I will miss reading about your adventures with her, but I do understand. The school and the children there are so blessed to have you with them. I’m so glad that you and I have connected through the blogging world. My life has been tremendously hectic for the last 5 months, so we haven’t communicated very much, but please do stay in touch. I don’t want to lose our connection!

  15. Lux G.

    Oh, wow I feel so profoundly sad. Like a neighbor and friend is moving away and I won’t be seeing you again. So much feelings! I’ll miss visiting here. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  16. Connie

    I am making rounds saying hello to all my blogger friends, and I was sorry to see you have stopped blogging! But, I so get it! I was fun to see inside your world with Amara, and I know you will so enjoying volunteering. I use to go 2 days a week for a couple of hours to my daughters school (she’s a teacher) before grandkids, there isn’t time or energy for that now.

  17. Donna Atkins

    How wonderful and fulfilling it must be helping to teach the students to read! And I don’t know how teachers do it – or remember all the students names either! Amara is a very blessed young lady to have you! They grow up so quickly, don’t they??


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